May 23, 2011

Monday Mini-Sermon: Spiritual Modesty vs. Absolute Certainty

The absence of spiritual modesty among people of faith is what caused Marilynne Robinson to remark, "There is something about certainty that makes Christianity very unchristian." When the focus is on absolute certainty in knowing the mind of God, the journey of faith quickly becomes impoverished.  All that is incomprehensible and all the unanswerable questions have to be ignored or shortchanged.  The wonder and glories of mysteries get shelved. God begins to be more domesticated than our favorite pet.

- Peter W. Marty, Senior Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa
From "Betting on a Generous God," Christian Century, May 17, 2011   Read more